Amazon’s Unlocked program will make paid apps and games free

amazon-accounts-hackedAmazon will reportedly kick off a new program for their App Store soon, called Unlocked. The Unlocked program essentially takes paid apps and games, and ones with in-app purchases, and makes them completely free. Free to download, free to buy things in-game, and free to unlock extra features without spending a dime.

An internal presentation showcasing some of the functionality was leaked, showing off how users can sort out to only see Unlocked apps, and how it’ll look when users buy apps or make in-app purchases. This will all have to be done on Amazon’s own App Store, of course, but getting that installed isn’t too tough, even if Google yanked it from the Play Store
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OnePlus is releasing a mysterious “game changer” device soon

one plus game changerAlthough OnePlus is best known for their incredibly cheap smartphone, the OnePlus One, they still see themselves as a technology company, not just a phone manufacturer. With that in mind, the company has released a few teaser images about an upcoming device that’s not a smartphone, not a tablet, and not a smartwatch. OnePlus is calling it a “game changer,” though, and you can see where they’re going with that in the three pictures that were released.

The three images say “Start a new game,” “For the fun of it,” and “You’re in control.” Any guesses on how those things may tie into a game changing device? Yep, my money is on OnePlus releasing a game controller.
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[Deal] Amazon App Store turns 4, 34 apps marked down to Free for $105 in savings

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It almost seems like once a week, Amazon is hosting some sort of app sale. The fact that the Amazon App Store is now 4 years old seems like another good reason to offer a bunch of apps for Free. They have 34 apps marked down today (33 plus their normal Free app of the day) for a savings of $105. Some notables include Friday Night At Freddy’s 2, Cross DJ Pro, and Easy Tether.

If you don’t mind using the Amazon App Store, then hit the break for the complete list and link to get your download on.


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Gameloft’s Modern Combat 5: Blackout update brings new content, moves game to Freemium model

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Remember when Modern Combat 5: Blackout was released last year July, Gameloft promised there would be no In-App-Purchases (IAP’s) because it would be a one-off payment upfront? Then they hedged a little by introducing optional IAP’s a few months later. Well, that promise has been well and truly shattered by the news that the First-Person-Shooter (FPS)is turning into a Freemium game thanks to the update that is due to go live any minute. And we all know what that means tight? More details after the break.
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[New Chromecast Game] Motion Tennis Cast aces screen mirroring for gaming

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Last year during Google I/O, one topic of interest to Chromecast fans was full support for screen casting from Android devices. Many believed that this would make the dongle much more useful and could open the door to things like better gaming options. Anuj Tandon with Rolocule Games was so excited about the prospects, that he had already started work on a game called Motion Tennis that would enable gamers to use their smartphone as a motion controller while casting the game’s video to their TV via Chromecast. That game has now been officially launched around the world through the Google Play Store as Motion Tennis Cast.
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Google improves app review process and adds a new age-based global rating system

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Did you know that Google has been reviewing all app submissions? We’re not sure exactly when they started, but the initiative began in order to detect violations to the developer policies. Most developers might not have noticed this because Google reviews apps pretty quickly. In most cases, an app will be approved with hours, but in other stores, like Apple’s App Store, it could take weeks.


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Niantic Labs’ Endgame: Proving Ground unveiled

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Niantic Labs is following up their popular mobile game Ingress with a new title based on the Endgame universe created by author James Frey. Endgame: Proving Ground will be another interactive, alternate-reality title that has players using their mobile devices to play the game while interacting with the real world. Gamers interested in participating can register to be included in a closed beta later this year by visiting www.AncientSocieties.com.
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